Jack Flavell – A Worcestershire Stalwart

Jack Flavell was a mainstay of Worcestershire when they won their first two championships in 1964 and 1965. Jack Flavell was born on May 15, 1929, in Wall Heath, Staffordshire. He was unable to repeat his county cricket success on the bigger stage. Jack Flavell played four test matches for England against Australia in 1961 and 1964. He only manages to take seven wickets at an average of 52.42.
He was considered by his contemporaries to be one of the quickest bowlers in the country in the 1950s. But he was prone to being erratic. In later years, he cut down on his pace and concentrated on his control to good effect. He performed three hat tricks in his career and took nine wickets in an inning. Jack Flavell was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1965.
He was prone to injuries, but his wholehearted approach came in 1961, when he headed the national averages with 171 wickets at a brilliant average of 17.79. But his contributions to Worcestershire’s first two titles, in which he managed to pick 101 wickets in 1964 and 132 wickets in the following year of 1965, made him a hero at New Road.
Jack Flavell
Jack Flavell was also keen to play football for West Bromwich Albion and Walsall. After retiring, he became the landlord of a pub. Jack Flavell was a russet-haired right-arm fast bowler who contributed over 100 wickets to each of Worcestershire’s first two championships but achieved little during his few excursions into Test cricket.
Jack Flavell began earning himself the nickname ‘Mad Jack’. He was a little above average at 5 feet 10 inches, but muscular and determined. Flavell was initially one of the quickest bowlers on the county scene. His control was rather erratic until he sacrificed a little pace and became far more effective. He made his test debut for England vs. Australia at Manchester’s 4th Test match in 1961. However, his last test match was also against Australia at Leeds in 1964.
His immense stamina and wholehearted approach enabled him to overcome several injuries; his unstinting efforts produced some dramatic bursts of wicket-taking, a notable three hat tricks, and a trio of nine wicket analyses. His hat trick was against Kent in 1951, Cambridge University in 1953, and Lancashire in 1963. He was a left-hander, tail-end batsman of no great ambition.
Jack Flavell took 100 wickets in a season eight times and went on two overseas tours to Zimbabwe in 1964–65 and the West Indies in 1965–66, on both occasions with Worcestershire. Jack Flavell, a former England and Worcestershire fast bowler, died suddenly at his home in Barmouth on February 25, 2004, in Barmouth, Gwynedd, at the age of 74.
In his four test matches, he scored 31 runs at 7.75 with 7 wickets, with the best of 2 for 52. His first-class records are much heavier than his test records, which lasted 18 years. In the 401 matches, he scored 2032 at 6.53, with the highest score of 54 and 128 catches.
In the bowling department, Jack Flavell captured 1,529 wickets at 21.48 with the best bowling of 9 for 30, five-wicket 86 times, and 10 wickets in a match 15 times.
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